(Trainer Brian Lynch / Coady Photography)
We are back looking at the daily workout schedule from around the country. Every day (Some days?), we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country. We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers. Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know. Some of them, you may not know — as of yet.
We are back…Take a look:
- Friendship Road, a 3YO daughter of Quality Road and trained by the HOFer Shug McGaughey, worked at Gulfstream Park this morning. This home-bred filly — who is out of the Graded Stakes-placed mare Tokyo Time — ran once as a 2Yo and was a distant 5th in the debut effort against the likes of odds-on favorite Greatitude. Is now on our “Horses to Watch” list. Pedigree is there. Training is there. First run was educational experience. Box checked. Worked 4 furlongs today out of the gate and went the distance in :49.63. This one now has gotten her first published work since the race in late December. Worth the wait, I think.
- Amity Road, a 3YO son of Street Boss and trained by Brad Cox, is another one to keep an eye peeled for and on. This one was beaten just a head in the career debut at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 16. Ran a huge one that day despite being 4-wide and having a rugged trip. Worked today, going 4 furlongs in :48.40. That was the bullet move out of 38 clocking the distance. This one may not be a Stakes winner soon, but worth a wager. IMO.
- Classic Causeway, a 3YO son of Giant’s Causeway and trained by Brian Lynch, is one of our key “Kentucky Derby Sleepers.” This guy — who ran 2nd in the KY Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November and was runner-up to Smile Happy — worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. Went 6 furlongs in 1:12.40. That was the best time because this was the only time at the distance. But this guy has a big chance to make a major splash this Spring. Ran 3rd in the G1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last October, too. Was behind Rattle N Roll in that one. Look for this one to be ready soon. I’m in here.
- Forbidden Kingdom, a 3YO son of American Pharoah and trained by HOFer Richard Mandella, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The runner-up in the G3 Bob Hope Stakes last November went 3 furlongs in :35.60. Impressive. That was the bullet time out of 6 to clock the distance. Keep an eye on this guy. Lost to Messier in Hope, when going 7 furlongs over the main track. Has some speed. Has some talent.